Amber

Introduction

Amber is a difficult character to classify, because although she’s heartily loved by fans of the Genshin Impact web manga and for her overall character design and persona, she bears an extremely negative reputation by purveyors of the Tier List and others who theory-craft team compositions and builds.

Many of the torch-lighting quests in the world that offer Exquisite or Common Chests as rewards are specifically designed to be cleared by Amber; no other character deals with them on par with her degree of efficiency. She definitely has a place in the game… but her place is often somewhat up to debate.

In this build guide, we’ll take a look at Amber’s strengths and weaknesses, what she’s naturally equipped for, and what she’s at more of a disadvantage in.

High-Level Overview

Strengths

  • Energy Cost for her Elemental Burst is 40, which is 20 below the median average cost between all characters.
  • Baron Bunny gives her a means of diverting aggro – she is one of only three characters in the game (as of Patch 1.5) that can do this.

Averages

  • Her attribute stat gain is in the middle tier of that of the 4-star character pool.
  • She is the only archer in the game that each player receives for free by default.

Weaknesses

  • Her toolkit is generally regarded as the most difficult to execute of any character in the game due to long cooldowns, high farm, and Constellation dependency.
  • Explosive Puppet has the lowest natural damage output of any archer’s Elemental Skill in the game.
  • Fiery Rain has one of the lowest aggregate damage outputs of any offensive character’s Elemental Burst in the game.
  • The AoE on her Elemental Burst is extremely small.

Combat Disposition

Our analysis on Amber showed that while she can be allocated to other roles, the role she is most naturally geared towards is a damage dealer, in physical damage or static elemental damage. This conclusion was reached by considering the following points:

  1. Her Ascension bonus attribute is ATK %.
  2. Her 1st Ascension passive ability increases her Elemental Burst’s CRIT Rate, as well as AoE.
  3. Her 4th Ascension passive ability increases her ATK % on Aimed Shot hits on weak spots.
  4. Constellation 1, 2, 4, and 6 all fuel her offensive abilities specifically.

Due to how many methods she possesses of inherently increasing her ATK %, less emphasis can be placed on on artifacts or weapons that further increase her ATK as it is already naturally amplified, and more focus can instead be placed on supplemental damage-increasing attributes based on preference, such as Pyro DMG %, CRIT Rate, CRIT DMG, or (more situationally) Elemental Mastery.

Core mechanics that Amber can be built around include:

  1. Aimed Shot builds, using weapons such as the Messenger, Prototype Crescent or the Sharpshooter’s Oath, and artifact set bonuses such as the Wanderer’s Troupe or the Bloodstained Chivalry.
  2. Pyro DMG builds, using weapons such as the Stringless or the Raven Bow, and artifact set bonuses such as the Crimson Witch of Flames or the Lavawalker.
  3. Physical DMG builds, using weapons such as Rust, the Compound Bow or the Slingshot, and artifact set bonuses such as the Bloodstained Chivalry or Berserker.

Amber’s greatest struggles as a combat character in one of these builds is that she is designed to be a physical damage or static elemental damage dealer – but her long ability cooldowns make her difficult to work with in a damage-oriented character rotation. Because of this, she struggles to supplement many teams, and instead must be used with the mentality that the remainder of the team has to supplement her to help set her up for success. Her naturally low ability-based damage unfortunately doesn’t help in this endeavor, either.

Another point worth considering is that if Amber is outfitted with an Aimed Shot build, this build will naturally suffer in cooperative multiplayer due to the server-side lag and hitbox disparity that many players have witnessed in the online setting. It’s not uncommon to see Amber completely passed over in multiplayer for this reason, among other things.

Our Personal Take

Amber has more difficulty than any other character in Genshin Impact in terms of putting damage together, or backing up another character’s damage. In other words, if you’re running a team composition that’s already having trouble getting enough damage into play, Amber will more than likely complicate that situation even further.

While there are many viable, powerful Amber builds that we’ve witnessed firsthand, the point we’re striving to make here is that it will require more RNG, more weapon leveling, and more artifact leveling to get the same degree of damage and viability out of Amber as it will out of another archer or Pyro character, and she will hit her damage ceiling sooner than every other character in Teyvat will.

Interestingly, this ideology can actually work in Amber’s favor in some cases where a seasoned player has maxed out teams of 5-star characters, has no issues whatsoever with damage or synergy, and will deliberately pick a suboptimal character squad that includes Amber to give themselves a refreshing challenge once more.

While she takes a tremendous amount of flak among some of Genshin Impact player community and she has a handful of inherent shortcomings, the multiple Level 80/90 Ambers among the Sons of Dvalin community stand testament to one simple truth:

We wholeheartedly love and appreciate our lone Outrider – just like Mondstadt does – and that will never change.

Conclusion

It’s our hope that this guide has been helpful for you, and you’ve found it insightful for your playstyle and general approach to the game.

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Cheers,

The Sons of Dvalin community